Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, located in Northeast Tanzania, near the Kenya border. It is an extinct volcano, and world’s highest free-standing mountain at 5893 m.
Climbing Klimanjaro intrigues the climbers by its uniqueness. Its slopes are covered by a variety of vegetation as well as a variety of ecological systems. Plantations, mostly of coffee, for which Tanzania is famous for, cover its lowest slopes. Higher up lies a tropical rainforest, followed by heath, moor land, alpine deserts and the ice-capped summit.
Climbing Mt.Kilimanjaro can be a perfect peak for your first high-altitude pursuit. The mountain is non-technical in nature and offers very little challenges. But, make no mistake. These little challenges can be super serious if not trained well before hand.Climbers are recommended to have an excellent level of fitness, which will form the foundation of not just this peak, but to all of their future climbing endeavors.
To make things easier for you, we’ve compiled a list of pre-requisites that are required to climb Mt.Kilimanjaro:
Climbers are expected to have an exceptional level of physical fitness. Consistent, structured training specific to mountaineering over a period of 6-8 months will be an absolute requirement for anyone looking to climb this peak. One must be able to trek 6-8 hrs comfortably carrying a backpack weighing 10-15 kgs.
Though prior mountaineering experience will be an added advantage, no specific mountaineering experience is required for climbing this peak.
Please check out our ‘Training’ page for custom programs for your climbs.
Arrival in Kilimanjaro
Team will be received at Kilimanjaro International Airport by our representative and will be taken to Hotel.
Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut (2,700 m): 5 – 6 hours walking.
After breakfast, team will drive from hotel to National Park gate and complete necessary formalities at the park gate. Team start the climb through fascinating tropical rain forest; Mandara hut would be our night halt. Rest and relax the beautiful forest around the camp.
Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut (3,720 m): 4 – 5 hours walking.
The first part of the walk is a steep ascent through forest, but the path soon opens out into moorland and, there are great views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks.
We reach at Horombo Hut by afternoon, where one can relax and enjoy the stunning scenery around the camp. Night halt
Horrombo Hut (Full board) – Acclimatization
Team will walk towards the Mawenzi hut for acclimatization, passing the Zebra Rocks and back to Horrombo hut.
Horrombo Hut to Kibo Hut (4,700 m.); 4 – 5 hours walking.
Today we climb very gradually towards the lunar desert of the Saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo.
These 6-7 hours walking will take at a slow pace until we reach Kibo Hut (4,700m), The remainder of the day is spent relaxing in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night.
Kibo Hut to Summit (Uhru) to Horombo Hut (3,720 m.):
Team will begin a steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to rim of the main crater, Gillman’s 5,685 m. From here it’s 3-hr round trip to the summit (Uhuru Peak). Soon after the summit, we descend to Horombo hut.
Horombo hut to Marangu Gate. (5 – 6 hours walking)
Team will descend past Mandara hut to Marangu National Park, successful climbers will receive their summit certificates. From here you will be transferred to Hotel for dinner and overnight.
Drop-off at the airport.
After breakfast, team will be dropped at Kilimanjaro International Airport
Safety is the highest priority in our expeditions. When we say safety, we just don’t mean climbing. Right from the food you eat at our camps, to all the tiny pieces of rope & hardware, & our mountain/expedition guides are the best in class. All these will ensure the safest climbing experience.
Our Mountain Guides are of the finest in the region. They form the backbone of all our expeditions. Highly experienced, they bring all of it to your table, so that you’ll enjoy the best of climbing experience on the big mountains.
Honestly, it’s an open secret that the above two aspects of safety and hospitality have been propelling our clients to the top of every summit. With over 90 summits to Everest and another 200 summits covering all the 7-Summits, we let the numbers speak our success.
Our base camp services across the globe are unrivaled! For us, a base camp is a “Home away from home”. Whether you’re from the west or the east, we ensure that we serve you your native food on a daily basis. With a host of custom packages to choose from, we’re certain that you will not miss the comfort of your home!
An experienced high altitude medical doctor is always with us during every expedition to Mt.Everest. He/she is always available at the Base Camp/ Advanced Base Camp for any medical related concern, however small the condition is. Well, in the mountains it’s the small things that matter the most!
The weather plays the single most important factor on your probability of reaching the summit. We have 3 independent weather forecasts from the most reliable weather forecasters that ensure that we pick the most safest weather window for your summit attempt.